Show­time for Ju­niors

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE Ju­nior Hockey League (JHL) sea­son be­gins to­day, with three Di­vi­sion One matches post­poned due to the Asian Schools Cham­pi­onship in In­dia.

Di­vi­sion One will have 10 teams, with League cham­pi­ons Tunku Mahkota Is­mail Sports School (SSTMI) and Over­all cham­pi­ons Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) start­ing off as early favourites.

And In Di­vi­sion Two, 20 teams have been drawn in three groups and there are no clear favourites in this devel­op­ment group.

The girls’ JHL will be held si­mul­ta­ne­ously with the 11 teams placed in two groups.

The num­ber of teams com­pet­ing in the boys and girls events is huge, and this au­gurs well for the devel­op­ment of the sport at the grass­roots.

And two teams in Di­vi­sion Two will be on a mis­sion of their own — to in­crease the num­ber of In­dian hockey play­ers in the coun­try.

Malaysian In­dian Sports Coun­cil (MISC), in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Uni­ver­sal Fit­ness & Leisure (UFL), fielded one team last sea­son, and came back stronger this year with two teams in the North­ern and Cen­tral zones.

MISC-UFL Kuala Lumpur and MISC-UFL Pe­nang will see 41 In­dian and Pun­jabi boys com­pet­ing in the JHL.

TO­DAY: DI­VI­SION ONE: UniKL Young Guns v BJSS Ju­niors (KLHA, 6pm).

DI­VI­SION TWO: Group A – MSSP Stinger v MSS Kedah (Kuala Perlis, 5pm), MSSC-UFL Pe­nang v MSSPPUSM (Sun­gai Pe­tani, 5pm), USM Ju­niors v MSN Young Lions (USM, 6pm); Group

C: Jo­hor Baru HA v Datuk Taha (Ta­man Daya, 5pm).

GIRLS’ – Group A: MSN Kedah v Sabah SS (Lela Pahlawan, 5pm), USM Ju­niors v CBN (USM, 4pm). Jug­jet Singh

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